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Self-Care Saved My Life...and My Clients'

I’m finishing up several self-care presentations for city employees and entrepreneurs….and I believe Brianna Wiest hit the nail on the head with this one. 🔨

Of course, physical exercise, healthy eating, and sometimes binging on chocolate cake and amazing Epsom salt baths are “self-care”, but that’s not the extent of it…

Selfcare is also those ugly things that we avoid, but need to do to continue along our paths of success, preserve our energy and maintain healthy boundaries.

This week has been extraordinarily enlightening. 💡

As I’ve coached clients and talked to friends and colleagues that are BEYOND TIIRREEEDDDDD….I had to remind them of this. 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

Selfcare IS Healthcare and I will preach that forever because I know that holistic healthcare and self-awareness saved my life.

It’s easy to neglect yourself in service to others when you are a natural giver and have that giving heart and spirit…

Those qualities make wonderful nurses….but also eventually make nurses - patients….😏😫

BUT…I just as I had to LISTEN to my coaches when:

  • I almost died from 3 DVT’s in my leg….and wanted to keep “running” literally and figuratively- at work because my patients needed me, and training 30-40 miles a week for a marathon

  • I didn’t want to take time off to have surgery (that saved my life) because “my job needed me and I didn’t want to leave them short”

  • I hit my first income goal after graduating from nursing school…a whopping 6 figures - but I WAS MISERABLE DAILY and cried on my way to work and on my way home…because the work environment was so toxic….

I’m blessed to have had some hard times in my life and career - and the wisdom to LISTEN to my mentors and coaches….because they prepared me to teach others how to not make the same mistakes I did.

This week, I’m proud of my clients who LISTENED and were able to:

  • Say NO to a 6-figure job opportunity that would’ve sucked the life out of her BUT GOD opened another door that was $40K MORE MONEY and LESS STRESS!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  • Be HONEST WITH THEMSELVES about personal struggles that impeded professional AND personal growth

  • TAKE A MENTAL HEALTH WEEK to disconnect from the rat-race of work and CONNECT with herself and her fiancée

THESE TESTIMONIES may not seem like much, but they mean the world to me…having almost died physically and emotionally - SEVERAL TIMES because my ambition was EXPENSIVE…like…life or death expensive….🙄 my prayer is that my fellow nurses remain ambitious and brilliant, but also remain self-aware and take good care of themselves….not just others. 🙏🏾❤️

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